3 Ways to Lead Remote Teams Better
There are still many people working remotely or some hybrid remote version. This is expected to be part of the new normal for the future of work. So, how do you lead remote teams well? It’s different from when they were in the same physical space as you. Here are three ways to lead remote teams better.
Schedule Daily Check-ins
One of the best ways to start leading remote teams better is to schedule daily check-ins with your employees. Having designated time for virtual face-to-face communication will be a key to leading remote teams better. Phone calls and instant messaging are great ways to collaborate and are essential for communication across remote teams; it is vital that your employees still see and engage with their leadership directly.
Here at EG, we had daily check-ins even before we shifted to remote and remote hybrid working. Each morning, our teams break out into “huddles” where each team member shares their daily happenings and their top priority for what they want to accomplish, if nothing else. Direct leadership also participates in these huddles to share the metrics so their team has a complete picture of their department. These daily check-ins are not designed to micromanage or “big brother” our team, but instead, to make sure we are all aligned – it’s almost impossible to stop a team who’s aligned and knows the direction they need to go.
When it comes to leading remote teams better, there is almost no such thing as over communication. Since you can’t walk over to their desk or work area, you’ll be relying on collaboration tools like instant messaging, emails, phone calls, or Zoom meetings. This means there is more room for miscommunication or misunderstanding. Being able to over communicate the requirements and projects will be a key for having successful remote teams. Having consistent communication with your team will also help combat loneliness or feel isolated while working remotely!
Having regular communication is also vital for over communicating with your remote teams. Your team shouldn’t just hear from you once a week or when something is needed, but often so everyone stays on the same page and is aligned on the goals and priorities of the department. This goes back to having those regular check-ins with your team!
Focus on Outcomes, Not Just Tasks
Since you’ll generally not be aware of every task your team members are completing on a daily basis while working remotely, it will be more important to focus on the outcomes to measure their success. By focusing on the outcomes your team is delivering, you’ll better understand how their time is being spent, what resources they need or are using most, and where there might be opportunities for improvement.
It’s likely that “work from home” is no longer a “trend.” It’s here to stay – at least in some capacity – for many workers across the country. Leaders must learn how to adapt and adequately lead their remote teams to ensure their employees are engaged, motivated, productive, and satisfied. The three ways to start leading remote teams better include scheduling daily check-ins, over communicating, and focusing on outcomes over the number of activities your team is doing. Implementing these strategies will help leaders manage their remote teams more effectively.
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